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US Troops Seize Office in Najaf
News.com (Australia) ^ | May 6, 2004 | "Correspondent"

Posted on 05/06/2004 6:49:54 AM PDT by katana

US soldiers backed by tanks and armoured fighting vehicles today seized control of the governor's office from Shiite militiamen in the holy city of Najaf.

Heavy shooting could be heard and plumes of smoke rose over the city.

Soldiers moved into the area in four directions to take control of the building. There appeared to be few if any militiamen in the building, which was taken without a fight. Afterward, however, gunfire could be heard, and US helicopters were seen flying low over parts of the city.

US forces on Monday launched their biggest assault yet against militiamen loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, raiding hideouts in several cities and clashing with gunmen.Some 26 Iraqis and one US soldier were killed in the fighting.

Al-Sadr's forces last month took control of government buildings and police station in southern cities including Najaf and Kufa.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq; najaf

1 posted on 05/06/2004 6:49:55 AM PDT by katana
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To: katana
Step 1: Act on existing intelligence.
Step 2: Kill the insurgent b*******.
Step 3: Gather weapon caches.
Step 4: Bury bodies
Step 5: See step 1
2 posted on 05/06/2004 6:55:04 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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Australia.com eh.

The press isn't covering the war anymore, just the abuse at the prison. In fact it is not clear that most of the press is even aware that there is a war on.



3 posted on 05/06/2004 7:15:06 AM PDT by Da Mav
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To: Da Mav; All
Its going to come up on Reuters any minute. All I have So far is 41 insurgents have been killed and no American casualties (Thank god!).
4 posted on 05/06/2004 7:16:22 AM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: areafiftyone
Wow, 41? Thats a serious beating. Thank goodness for no news of deaths on our side so far.
5 posted on 05/06/2004 7:27:54 AM PDT by No Blue States
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To: Da Mav
I am sure they will chime in when another soldier dies. What a bunch of bums.
6 posted on 05/06/2004 7:33:31 AM PDT by BOBWADE
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To: katana
the holy city of Najaf.

I think they have an issue discerning what Holy means. Like Paris is a holy city because Notre Dame is there.

7 posted on 05/06/2004 7:40:13 AM PDT by bondserv (Alignment is critical!)
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To: katana
Bttt
8 posted on 05/06/2004 7:58:07 AM PDT by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: katana
We have obviously come to some kind of understanding with the Grand Ayatollah Sistani. He wants the jumped-up little Sadr pr**k gone too. And it sounds like the Shiite public is thoroughly sick of him too. We must figure we can do this without risking a general declaration of jihad.
9 posted on 05/06/2004 8:08:36 AM PDT by ccmay
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To: ccmay
I'm beginning to think we should pull our guys way back, out of harm's way......and let the thugs and lunatics "run things" for a while....

Then perhaps, some Iraqis would come forward in larger numbers to JOIN us in destroying the lunatics within their midst..

As it is....most are playing a fence sitting game...
They refuse to put their ass into the game....

Semper Fi
10 posted on 05/06/2004 8:22:19 AM PDT by river rat (You may turn the other cheek...But I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: katana; xzins
This should be the lead story on every network.

Instead they're pandering to the phony POW charade. What soldier smiles so broadly FOR A CAMERA, knowing full well photos can fall into many hands.

God bless our troops.
11 posted on 05/06/2004 8:42:40 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: Da Mav
Most of the press is "aware there's a war on."

They're just working for the other side.
12 posted on 05/06/2004 8:45:02 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: bondserv
I like identifying which cities the evil-doers think are "holy."

Especially when we occupy them.
13 posted on 05/06/2004 8:47:04 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: katana
Information from Reuters disputed by embedded Fox journalists in Iraq on "Al Sadr's office has been destroyed."
14 posted on 05/06/2004 9:12:08 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
Most of the press is "aware there's a war on." They're just working for the other side.."

Seems National Security is not first and foremost with the media now doesn't it! Whomever got those pictures to the press had to know they would be giving aid to the terrorists as would build more support to get out of Iraq not forgetting this information would put our men and women in a higher degree of risk should they be captured. A lot of unanswered questions here..who, what, when, where and how? And especially for what purpose?

15 posted on 05/06/2004 9:21:59 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay
Initially I heard CBS had these photos and held them for a few months. (Yeah, right)
16 posted on 05/06/2004 9:25:38 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: fight_truth_decay; xzins
The "purpose" of releasing these "photos" is pretty clear. Bush was not supposed to win in 2000, and he sure wasn't supposed to actually believe the sermons he's heard on Sunday mornings.

Iraq was a necessary stepping stone for whomever was in power in this country. That's life in the big city.

If Kerry's elected, he'll do EVERYTHING exactly the same as Bush is doing. Except he'll use a different vocabulary, and he'll push abortion rights and gay rights and tax increases relentlessly.

But Bush brought with him that ol' debil sea of the nagging Judeo-Christian world-view. (And here they thought they had gotten rid of us pests once and for all.)

The gnostic socialists will stop at nothing until they do.

17 posted on 05/06/2004 9:33:30 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
I like identifying which cities the evil-doers think are "holy."

Especially when we occupy them.

Irrational justification for further Jihadism. As if American troops carry some kind of taint that makes their land "less holy", a la GI's in Saudi Arabia justifying 9/11.

We are dealing with warped principles here.

18 posted on 05/06/2004 9:51:02 AM PDT by bondserv (Alignment is critical!)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
But who had photos in hand to leak them if in fact the Pentagon were in the process of bringing people to task on alleged abuse. Were they not working closely with the Red Cross since the first of the year to solve these allegations of reported abuse?

Why would any loyal American want to put our troops in more danger by feeding these photos which obviously would become "prime pr fodder" to the Arab world? to bin Laden? (Soros comes to mind.. smells funny!)
19 posted on 05/06/2004 10:00:39 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay; xzins
I think 9/11 and the Iraq war have clarified the fact that there's a real split in this country between socialistic, gnostic, God-loathing, anti-semetic, anti-Christian, domestic evil-doers and all the rest of us.

If he had to win, then Bush, being S&B, was supposed to play the game better for their side. More abortions, more homosexuality, more taxes. And certainly lots more ecumenicism. I'm sure they cringe at the term "evil-doers" since socialists don't believe in evil, only expediency.

I fear the compromises taking place under the radar as we speak. No President gets a second term unless they play ball. Pathetic.

Maybe few compromises from Bush were forthcoming. So the direct attack prevails.

Everybody takes orders. It just depends on who you're listening to.

No king but Christ.

20 posted on 05/06/2004 10:30:46 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: river rat
Actually that is what we did... we let al-sadr play at being a mini-saddam of Najaf for a month. soon enough, everybody else got sick of his goons ... so now, instead of being reesntful of the US, these other Iraqis are relieved we are around to 'take out the garbage' for them.

I think our approach of patience and resolve and now annialation has played out pretty good.

21 posted on 05/06/2004 12:52:04 PM PDT by WOSG (http://freedomstruth.blogspot.com - I salute our brave fallen.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Why would any loyal American want to put our troops in more danger by feeding these photos which obviously would become "prime pr fodder" to the Arab world? to bin Laden? (Soros comes to mind.. smells funny!)

No loyal American WOULD do that, that's why it's so important that we find out who it was.

22 posted on 05/06/2004 1:00:30 PM PDT by McGavin999 (If Kerry can't deal with the "Republican Attack Machine" how is he going to deal with Al Qaeda)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
If Kerry's elected, he'll do EVERYTHING exactly the same as Bush is doing. Except he'll use a different vocabulary, and he'll push abortion rights and gay rights and tax increases relentlessly.

Can I have a shot of whatever you're drinkin'??

Kerry wouldn't have the stamina to fight this war against terror, and he especially would not go against the Arabists in his own party.

23 posted on 05/06/2004 1:08:03 PM PDT by Edit35
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To: fight_truth_decay
What "purpose"? There is no doubt what the purpose of RATmedia hysteria is. Bush must be gotten rid of NO MATTER HOW MANY SOLDIERS DIE because of its treason.

This is just another shot in the anti-Bush war the RATmedia is waging. It is our most deadly enemy.
24 posted on 05/06/2004 1:47:30 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (America's Enemies: foreign and domestic RATmedia agree Bush must be destroyed.)
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To: bondserv
That was a phony excuse OBL used to attack. He doesn't care who is in Saudi Arabia as much as he did about what was occurring in Iraq, terrorism's center.
25 posted on 05/06/2004 1:49:57 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (America's Enemies: foreign and domestic RATmedia agree Bush must be destroyed.)
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Nice to see our military is being allowed to do its stuff and get back to work.
26 posted on 05/06/2004 2:18:39 PM PDT by GretchenM (Want to see more U.S. soldiers stay alive? Drench them in prayer.)
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To: dyno35
IMO the eventual outcome would be the same. But Kerry would be a reluctant, non-aggressive, lying, fence-sitter and throw the entire operation over to the UN. The Middle East is going to be settled, one way or another.

The difference is that with Kerry, the Jews will become expendable...again.

I think Bush means what he says about Israel. Kerry doesn't.

27 posted on 05/06/2004 3:57:29 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: katana
Man, they're good. I wonder what links to Iran they're turning up. Helpful to "keep a file" on the neighboring countries.
28 posted on 05/06/2004 4:47:32 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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